Ursa College heads
Dr Ross Booth
Hey everyone, I'm Ross, the Ursa College Head. Born in Melbourne, I grew up on a fruit farm in Northern Victoria, but I completed his Bachelor of Economics (Honours) at Monash University before taking a gap year to explore Europe and complete traineeships in Poland and Norway. I went on to complete my Master of Economics at La Trobe University before becoming a Tutor in Regional and Urban Economics at Melbourne University and Tutor/Senior Tutor in Economics at Monash.
Some of my other pursuits have included teaching at Melbourne Grammar, commentating and writing about VFL football and Cricket. My love of sport has continued to shine through, resulting in a PhD in Sports Economics at Monash University, and the formation of the first Sports Economics unit in Australia at the University. I am currently the Course Director for the Bachelor of Commerce at Monash University, as well as an Academic Coordinator for Business & Economics students Work Integrated Learning. I have been the Deputy Head for Centaurus College in the past and will continue as Head of Ursa College for the fourth year this year.
Deputy College Head
Hey! I'm Romney, one of your two deputy college heads. When I finally moved from the Mornington Peninsula to Melbourne, I happily declared I'd never travel more than 1 1/2 hours for work again...but five months later, when an opportunity came up that I couldn't refuse, I ended up doing just that! Passion for your industry compels you to do strange things sometimes. I am a Librarian at Monash University, where I've worked for the last four years - having completed my Bachelor and Master degrees through Monash too. As a Librarian, I've worked with students and academic staff across all of Monash's ten faculties, and I love the diversity, opportunities, and challenges that I'm faced with each day - no two are alike.
Drawing, baking, gardening, and yes - reading, all keep the creative fires burning for me so the good thing about being a Librarian is that in many ways, this creativity intersects with my role, so I can enjoy the best of both worlds!
Deputy College Head
Dr Chris Thompson
Hello, I'm Chris, one of your Deputy Heads. I am currently the Associate Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Science, and a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry, but I didn't always know it would work out that way. As an undergraduate, I did a Science/Arts double degree, studying Chinese language, history and culture, and an assortment of different science subjects. For some time I thought I was going to be a diplomat, or engage in international trade, and that the science was just something to keep me interested. For a while I lost interest in uni altogether, dropped out, and actually played in a band.
Over time, I fell back in love with studying, specifically Chemistry, eventually going on to complete a PhD studying molecules from our atmosphere and from space. Along the way, after having to start lecturing undergraduates, I discovered my real passion was in education. These days my research is in science education, where I co-lead the Chemistry Education Research Group. I've been a deputy head with Ursa since its first year so I can't wait to see where the college goes this year.